The Democratic People's Republic of Korea Humanitarian Emergency

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Country Population:

25.2 mil

Level of crisis

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Many people in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) face major barriers in meeting their basic needs; food insecurity continues to be widespread and the country’s health system is challenged by poor infrastructure, shortage of essential medicines and limited skills among health personnel. Vulnerabilities are exacerbated by recurrent natural disasters, such as floods and droughts. In the DPRK, UNFPA supports health facilities that provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services, including emergency obstetric care, and distributes dignity kits, to support people in meeting their basic hygiene needs.

Humanitarian needs

Last updated on - April 2021

Total people in need

10.6 million

Women of reproductive age

6.2 million

Pregnant women


Young people

2.6 million

Humanitarian funding

Resources in US$

Key results2020

Affected population reached with Family Planning services

Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services

Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • -Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • -Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.

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